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Allergy-Friendly Treats and Toppers

Allergy-Friendly Treats and Toppers

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Finding just the right treats for a dog with food allergies can feel like a bit of a puzzle, wrapped in worry and confusion. It’s all about wanting to see them happy and healthy, right? This blog aims to make the twisty road to discovering those perfect, allergy-friendly nibbles that are both yummy and good for them, a bit easier. This blog is like your guide to healthy and safe treat and food topper ideas so your pup won’t have to miss out on any of the tasty joys. Let’s make snack time a happy, worry-free zone for your special companion!

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Nutritious Allergy-Friendly Treats for Dogs

Keeping your dog’s tail wagging and their health in check is possible with these allergy-friendly treats:

  • Dehydrated Novel Protein Treats (Ostrich, Game, Sprats): For dogs sensitive to common proteins, single protein treats from less common sources like ostrich, venison or sprats can be a safe bet. They are less likely to trigger allergies and are excellent for dogs with a sensitive stomach.
  • Drywors/Biltong: You can also give your allergic dog a few pieces of game biltong or ostrich drywors. Choose plain varieties without too many spices and moderate intake.
  • Steamed/Raw Vegetables, Berries and Fruit: “dog safe” vegetables and fruits such as carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, blueberries, apples and bananas offer an easy, yet tasty treat for our four-legged friends. Be mindful that fruit contains a fair amount of sugar, so avoid giving too much as this can lead to weight gain, cavities as well as an upset tummy.
  • Plain Unsweetened Yoghurt: You can, for example, spread this on a “lick mat” and freeze it before giving it to Lotta. It’s a great activity for cognitive health. You can also mix some yoghurt and water into their food as a gut-friendly topper.
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  • Raw Bones from Game: if you have access to a butcher who can cut some raw bones (preferably marrow bones), then this is a great treat to chew on. Use bones from ostrich or game. Cut into large enough pieces that your dog can chew on and not risk swallowing. Always be present when your dog chews on bones and don’t let them chew for too long – a little is good for the teeth but too much can wear down the enamel. Also, discard the bone if shards of bone start to come off – sharp pieces of bone are both a choking hazard and can damage the digestive system if swallowed.
  • Peanut Butter: PB with no added salt or sugar (often found in health food stores) can also be spread on a lick mat together with yoghurt for example. Peanut butter has a high energy content so don’t give too much (1 teaspoon is enough).

Homemade allergy-friendly treats for fido

We have also created a variety of recipes for delicious, nutritious and allergy-friendly treats that you can easily make at home. Always make sure your dog is not allergic to any of the ingredients in the recipes:

  1. Gluten-free dog biscuits with carrot and zucchini
  2. Festive dog biscuits with peanut butter, cinnamon and apple sauce
  3. Yoghurt, strawberry and banana hearts
  4. Turmeric and chia seed muffins

Allergy-Friendly Food Toppers

Food allergies in dogs can manifest in various ways, from skin irritations to digestive issues, and the importance of a suitable diet cannot be overstated. Ensuring your dog gets all their nutrients from a balanced, healthy and allergy-friendly meal, such as Nala Health can be the difference between of a happy dog and a dog riddled with discomfort. By incorporating allergy-friendly food toppers into your dog’s diet, you’re not just enhancing the flavour of their meals; you’re also offering them nutritious and safe variety:

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  • Pumpkin Puree: A great source of fibre, pumpkin puree can help regulate your dog’s digestive system. It’s also low in calories and rich in essential nutrients, making it a perfect topper for dogs with allergies.
  • Vegetables, fruit and berries: Non-allergenic vegetables, fruits and berries like carrots, zucchini, cauliflower, strawberries, blueberries and apples can add vitamins, minerals, and fibre to your dog’s diet. You can steam the vegetables or serve them raw. Avoid adding any seasonings.
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  • Coconut Oil: A spoonful of coconut oil can not only make your dog’s coat shiny but also provide them with a healthy fat that’s good for their skin, digestion, and immune system. It’s also known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Bone Broth: Homemade bone broth is great for gastrointestinal health and can be poured over food to add moisture and flavour. Make bone broth from lamb or game bones. You can also make stock from vegetables, which will add flavour but will not contain collagen. We have a recipe for bone broth for dogs here.

Common Mistakes When Feeding Allergic Dogs

Catering for an allergic dog can be tricky. Avoid these common pitfalls to keep your allergic dog healthy and happy:

  • Not Reading Labels Thoroughly: Always check the ingredients list for hidden allergens. Even if a product is marketed as “allergy-friendly,” it’s essential to ensure it doesn’t contain anything your dog is allergic to.
  • Assuming All “Natural” or “Organic” Products Are Safe: Natural does not always mean allergen-free. Many natural ingredients can be potential allergens for sensitive dogs.
  • Overlooking Cross-Contamination: If your dog has a severe allergy, even trace amounts of an allergen can cause a reaction. Be mindful of cross-contamination in your home and while purchasing products.
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FAQs about giving allergic dogs treats

  • How can I tell if my dog has food allergies?
    • Symptoms may include chronic ear inflammation, gastrointestinal problems, and skin irritations. Always consult your veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis.
  • How can I identify if a treat is safe for my allergic dog?
    • Identify your dog’s specific allergens with the help of a veterinarian. Always read ingredient labels carefully and choose treats that avoid these allergens. Look for products specifically designed for allergic dogs, and consider hypoallergenic treats that have limited ingredients.
  • Can I give my dog treats if they have a food allergy?
    • Yes, you can give your dog treats even if they have food allergies, but you must be cautious. Only choose treats that do not contain their specific allergens. Consider natural, simple-ingredient treats, or make homemade treats where you control the ingredients.
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  • What are some common ingredients in treats that might cause allergies in dogs?
    • Common allergenic ingredients include beef, dairy, corn/maize, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, and fish. Each dog is different, and allergies can vary widely. It’s crucial to identify what your dog is specifically allergic to before choosing treats.
  • Can I make homemade treats for my dog with allergies?
    • Absolutely! Homemade treats allow you to control the ingredients, ensuring they’re safe for your dog. Just be sure to use hypoallergenic ingredients and consult nutritionally balanced recipes.


Caring for a dog with allergies requires vigilance and a commitment to understanding their dietary needs. By selecting the right allergy-friendly treats and toppers and avoiding common mistakes, you can ensure your furry friend lives a happy, healthy, and itch-free life. Always remember, that consulting with your vet before making any dietary changes is crucial for your dog’s health.